A stray bullet fired from an AK 47 assault rifle yesterday pierced through the Zambia Daily Mail offices and landed in the newsroom.
The bullet ripped through the corrugated iron roof and wooden ceiling board around 12:50 hrs and hit the floor as features reporter Chomba Musika was working on a story.
Zambia Police scene of crime officer Henry Chalikosa, who rushed to the scene, said the finding was a stray bullet fired from an AK47 assault rifle.
Inspector Chalikosa said the bullet could have been fired a kilometre away from the premises.
“It is a stray bullet fired from an AK 47 rifle. It was dropping from where it had been fired, hence it lost most of its impact (strength),” Mr Chalikosa said.
Senior features reporter Kelvin Kachingwe, Chomba and senior reporter Jimmy Chibuye, who were in the main news room, said they thought someone had thrown a stone into the building upon hearing the loud impact of the bullet.
But when they took a closer look, they were shocked to find that it was actually a bullet.
Sports deputy editor Victor Kumwenda and sub-editor Margaret Samulela, who were in the adjoining office, rushed into the newsroom upon learning that it was a bullet. “I was in the features newsroom when I heard a sharp sound from the roof… barely a second later I saw a bullet on the floor about a metre away from my seat,” Chomba said. And when asked if he suspected foul play, Zambia Daily Mail managing director Nebat Mbewe said the matter would be determined by the security wings.
“For now we will leave it for the security team to investigate and determine what transpired,” said Mr Mbewe